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30 Oct 2016

At Four Seasons Health Care we are working tirelessly to ensure we can provide quality care for people living with dementia.

Our Dementia Care Framework has seen our first dementia pioneers spring up, with many more homes beginning their Dementia Care Framework journey.

In Durham, a resident from Hallgarth Care Home, Norman McNamara shared a poem to The Caregivers Voice, detailing what it’s like to walk the road of dementia.

When I wander
don’t tell me to come and sit down.
Wander with me.
It may be because I am hungry, thirsty, need the toilet.
Or maybe I just need to stretch my legs.

When I call for my mother
(even though I’m ninety!)
don’t tell me she has died.
Reassure me, cuddle me, ask me about her.
It may be that I am looking for the security
that my mother once gave me.

When I shout out
please don’t ask me to be quiet…or walk by.
I am trying to tell you something,
but have difficulty in telling you what.
Be patient. Try to find out.
I may be in pain.

When I become agitated or appear angry,
please don’t reach for the drugs first.
I am trying to tell you something.
It may be too hot, too bright, too noisy.
Or maybe it’s because I miss my loved ones.
Try to find out first.

When I don’t eat my dinner or drink my tea
it may be because I’ve forgotten how to.
Show me what to do, remind me.
It may be that I just need to hold my knife and fork
I may know what to do then.

When I push you away
while you’re trying to help me wash or get dressed,
maybe it’s because I have forgotten what you have said.
Keep telling me what you are doing
over and over and over.
Maybe others will think
you’re the one that needs the help!

With all my thoughts and maybes,
perhaps it will be you
who reaches my thoughts,
understands my fears,
and will make me feel safe.

Maybe it will be you
who I need to thank.

If only I knew how.

Are you looking for a care home in Durham? Hallgarth Care Home offers a variety of care types including residential care, nursing care, respite care, intermediate care and end of life/palliative care.


29 Oct 2016

Residents at Riverside View Care Home in Darlington welcomed Poppy and Blondie for a wonderful pet therapy session last week.

Pet therapy can help residents to relax, and Poppy and Blondie certainly had the desired effect.

Claire Westmorland, Home Manager, explains: “These two beautiful little ponies brought a smile to our residents’ faces. They enjoyed giving them treats and getting up close and personal with their very own prancing ponies. We’ll definitely be booking Blondie and Poppy in for a return visit.

Are you looking for a care home in Darlington? Riverside View Care Home offers a variety of care types including residential care, dementia care, nursing care, respite care and end of life/palliative care.


29 Oct 2016

Jackie Graf, a Care Assistant at Woodcot Lodge Care Home in Gosport raised £700 after completing a local memory walk, in aid of finding a cure for dementia.

Jackie Graf, said: “Working within a care home environment I care for people who live with dementia on a daily basis. I just wanted to give something back and raise some money to help find a cure. Walking for Hilda, Pam and Eddie spurred me on a bit more as I know the impact dementia has had on them and their loved ones.”

Vickie Wylde, Home Manager, said: “We’re all very proud of Jackie. Raising that much money for such a good cause is a fantastic achievement. Well done Jackie!”

Are you looking for a care home in Gosport? Woodcot Lodge Care Home offers a variety of care types including residential care, dementia care, nursing care, respite care and end of life/palliative care.


29 Oct 2016

Residents at Hesslewood House Care Home in Hessle surprised Care Assistant Christine with an award to mark her long service with the home.

Michelle Pepworth, Home Manager, said: “Christine has been with us for 10 years here at Hesslewood House. Some of the residents wanted to surprise her with her award as a way of saying thank you for all of her care and dedication to them over the years. So that’s what they did. Congratulations Christine! Here’s to the next 10 years!”

Are you looking for a care home in Hessle? Hesslewood House Care Home offers a variety of care types including residential care, dementia care, nursing care, respites care, specialist care and end of life/palliative care.

care home awards

28 Oct 2016

Four members of the team at Meadowvale Care Home in Bathgate have successfully completed their Scottish Vocational Qualifications (SVQ) Level 2.

SVQs are based on national standards which are drawn up by people from industry, commerce and education. They are badges or benchmarks of competence, so they work as a guarantee that someone who holds an SVQ can do the job the qualification covers.

Joanne Fleming, Patsy Murray, Claire Watson and Claire White – all Care Assistants at the home – were guided through the process by Emma Keelan from the Learning and Development Team.

Michael Doolin, Resident Experience Regional Manager for Scotland, said: “I want to congratulate these four ladies on all of their hard work. Employers are very aware of SVQs and appreciate their value. Here at Four Seasons we’d always encourage and our teams to do all they can to up skill themselves and we’d support them through the process.”

Yvonne Graham, Home Manager, said: “I’m very proud of the four ladies. They’ve worked really hard and thoroughly deserve this recognition. The skills they’ve learnt will further enhance the care they give to the residents here at Meadowvale, which from what I can see is an added bonus, as the team here are already doing a fantastic job.”

Would you like to work for Four Seasons? Take a look at our list of current vacancies on our careers section.

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